5 Surprising Benefits of Eating Nuts

For many years, nuts’ high fat content was perceived as far outweighing their health benefits, so they weren't considered an essential part of a balanced diet. However, perspectives started to change when, in 2003, the Food and Drug Administration released a public health statement that just 1.5 ounces (approximately a handful) of nuts each day might reduce the risk of heart disease. Since then, nuts have been making a serious comeback as one of the most important components of a balanced diet. The following varieties top the nutritionists’ lists.The Right Fat: Almonds Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E and monounsaturated fat—one of the two “good” fats—and help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Smooth in shape and sweet in taste, almonds provide health … [Read more...]

Pecan Pralines for {National Praline Day}

I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Us tried and true Southern gals love our pecans, especially when they are in pralines.I always love going down to the Charleston Market or to Savannah's Candy Kitchen to get some fresh pecan pralines. But, since I recently moved out of Charleston, I needed a good excuse to learn to make my own pecan pralines!Being the healthy conscious person I am, I also wanted to make pecan pralines that weren't as bad for me as what I'd find in a candy shop. So, here they are. I hope you love these decadent southern pecan pralines as much as my family and I do!They take a bit of patience and you absolutely must have a candy thermometer to pull them off. The temperature is a science!So, this National Praline Day (June 23rd), … [Read more...]

Baked Pecan Caramel Cheesecake Recipe

Did you know that April is National Pecan Month?  Well it is, and although we could celebrate by snacking on a handful of pecans, topping a scoop of ice cream with a few, or by tossing a few toasted pecans into a salad, what better way to celebrate than with dessert.  This delicious Baked Pecan Caramel Cheesecake recipe is the perfect way to celebrate.Ingredients: Cheesecake Base6 sheets of Graham Crackers 1/2 cup chopped pecans 4 tbs of butter (softened) 2 tbs sugar Cheesecake Filling1 package (8oz) cream cheese (room temperature) 2 eggs (lightly beaten) 1 tsp vanilla essence 3/4 cup sugar 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream pinch of salt Additional ingredientsCaramels Evaporated milk Pecans (roughly chopped) Butter (melted) for greasing the … [Read more...]